Connect The Testaments


March 25: Thoughtless Iconoclasm

Numbers 29:1–40; 1 Corinthians 11:17–12:11; Psalm 24:1–10

When we learn something new about life and faith, it’s tempting to use our knowledge and freedom to tear down religious constructs and artifices—exposing truth in a way that’s not helpful or edifying. If we’re honest, pushing boundaries and living edgy and unfettered gives us a rush.

Paul warns the Corinthian Christians against this attitude: “All things are permitted, but not all things are profitable. All things are permitted, but not all things build up” (1 Cor 10:23). Paul sets up a contrast, juxtaposing the clauses to set apart what should really be the focus of the Corinthians. Paul stresses that instead of flaunting freedom, we should be focused on what is helpful and constructive for the community.

Seeking the good of the other person should be our first reflex. And it’s not simply limited to the Christian community. Paul states: “Therefore, whether you eat or you drink or whatever you do, do all things for the glory of God. Give no offense both to Jews and to Greeks and to the church of God” (1 Cor 10:31–32). This is a tall order in the internet age; when we don’t see someone face to face, it’s much easier to tear them down.

This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t challenge ideas when the time is appropriate. However, it does mean we should carefully consider our audience and act in a way that will best communicate the message of the gospel. Whatever the case, we should “please all people in all things, not seeking [our] own benefit, but the benefit of man, in order that they may be saved” (1 Cor 10:33).

How are you seeking the good of those around you?

REBECCA VAN NOORD

EZC

  • Moreover, in the first day of the seventh month ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a day of blowing the trumpets unto you. And ye shall make a burnt offering for a sweet savor unto the Lord: one young bullock, one ram, and seven lambs of a year old, without blemish. And their meat offerings shall be of fine flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals unto the bullock, and two tenth deals unto the ram, And one tenth deal unto the lamb, for the seven lambs, And an he goat for a sin offering to make an atonement for you, Beside the burnt offering of the month, and his meat offering, and the continual burnt offering and his meat offeirng and the drink offering of the same according to their manner, for a sweet savor it is a sacrifice made by fire unto the Lord. And ye shall have in the tenth day of the seventh month, an holy convocation: and ye shall humble yourselves, and shall not do any work therein. But ye shall offer a burnt offering unto the Lord for a sweet savor: one young bullock, a ram, and seven lambs of a year old: see they be without blemish. And their meat offering shall be of fine flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals to a bullock, and two tenth deals to a ram, One tenth deal unto every lamb, throughout the seven lambs, An he goat for a sin offering, (beside the sin offering to make the atonement, and the continual burnt offering and the meat offering thereof) and their drink offerings. And in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein, but ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days. And  ye shall offer a burnt offering for a sacrifice made by fire of sweet savor unto the Lord, thirteen young bullock, two rams, and fourteen lambs of a year old: the shall be without blemish. And their meat offering shall be of fine flour mingled with oil, three tenth deals unto every bullock of the thirteen bullocks, two tenths deals to either of the two rams, And one tenth deal unto each of the fourteen lambs, And one he goat for a sin offering, beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering, and the drink offering. And the second day ye shall offer twelve young bullocks, two rams, fourteen lambs of a year old without blemish, With their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams and for the lamb according to their number, after the manner. And an he goat for a sin offering, (beside the continual burnt offering and his meat offering) and their drink offerings. Also the third day ye shall offer eleven bullocks, two rams and fourteen lambs of a year old without blemish, With their meat offering and their drink offerings, for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs, after their number, according to the manner, And an he goat for a sin offering, beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering and his drink offering. In the fifth day also ye shall offer nine bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of a year old without blemish, And their meat offerings, and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs according to their numbers, after the manner, And an he goat for a sin offering, beside the continual burnt offering, and his meat offering and his drink offering. And in the sixth day ye shall offer eight bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of a year old without blemish, And their meat offering, and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs according to their number, after the manner, And an he goat for a sin offering, beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering and his drink offerings. In the seventh day also ye shall offer eight bullocks, two rams, and fourteen lambs of a year old without blemish, And their meat offering, and their drink offerings for the bullocks, for the rams, and for the lambs according to their numbe, after their manner, And an he goat for a sin offering, beside the continual burnt offering, his meat offering and his drink offering. In the eighth day, ye shall have a solemn assembly: ye shall do no servile work therein, But ye shall offer a burnt offering, a sacrifice made by fire for a sweet savor unto the Lord, one bullock, one ram, and seven lambs of a year old without blemish, Their meat offering and their drink offerings for the bullock, for the ram, and for the lambs according to their number, after the manner, And an he goat for a sin offering, beside the continual burnt offering, and his meat offering, and his drink offering. These things ye shall do unto the Lord in your fears, beside your vows, and your free offeirngs, for your burnt offerings, and for your meat offerings, and for your drink offerings, and for your peace offerings. Numbers 29:1–39
  • Now in this that I declare, I praise you not, that ye come together, not with profit, but with hurt. For first of all, when ye come together in the Church, I hear that there are dissensions among you: and I believe it to be true in some part. For there must be heresies even among you, that they which are approved among you, might be known. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s Supper. For every man when they should eat, taketh his own supper afore, and one is hungry, and another is drunken. Have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? despise ye the Church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. For I have received of the Lord that which I also have delivered unto you, to wit, That the Lord Jesus in the night when he was betrayed, took bread. And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do ye in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood: this do as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye show the Lord’s death till he come. Wherefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink the cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. Let every man therefore examine himself, and so let them eat of this bread, and drink of this cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh his own damnation, because he discerneth not the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak, and sick among you, and man sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, because we should not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man be hungry, let him eat at home, that ye come not together unto condemnation. Other things will I set in order when I come. Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I woud not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, and were carried away unto the dumb idols, as ye were led. Wherefore I declare unto you, that no man speaking by the spirit of God, calleth Jesus execrable: also no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are diversities of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operaitons, but God is the same which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man, to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom: and to another the word of knowledge, by the same Spirit. And to another is given faith by the same Spirit: and to another the gifts of healing, by the same Spirit: And to another the operations of great works: and to another, prophecy: and to another, the discerning of spirits: and to another, diversities of tongues: and to another, the interpretation of tongues. And all these things worketh one and the selfsame Spirit, distributing to every man severally as he will. 1 Corinthians 11:17–12:11
  • The earth is the Lord’s, and all that therein is: the world and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas; and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord? and who shall stand in his holy place? Even he that hath innocent hands, and a pure heart; which hath not lifted up his mind unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, of them that seek thy face, this is Jacob. Selah. Lift up your heads ye gates, and be ye lifted up ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall coe in. Who is the King of glory? the Lord, strong and mighty, even the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, ye gates, and lift up yourselves ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? the Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah. Psalm 24:1–10
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